2019-05-09 23:09:56 UTC
USN Corpsman Paul K. O'Connor served in combat during
his tour of duty in Vietnam earning a Purple Heart. After his
training at Bethesda Naval Hospital he would later became
a Deputy Sheriff in Brevard County, FL. To say he learned
about rifle and pistol wounds the hard way hands-on would
be an accurate statement.
Paul O'Connor was interviewed by William Matson Law for his book,
In the Eye of History: Disclosures in the JFK Assassination Medical
Law: After you traced the wound, what happened then?
O'Connor: After that, we looked at the head wound and found
that there were no bullets in the cranium. Minute fragments
were scattered through he bone area of the cranium front and
I remember distinctly because, having worked in funeral homes
since I was thirteen years old, I had seen bullet wounds before,
and also I served in Vietnam and saw bullet wounds there.
It looked to me like a bomb had exploded inside his brain and
blew out the whole side of his head. I've never seen a more
horrendous destruction of the cranium, unless it was done by
a very high caliber weapon. I found out later that it was done
by a Mannlicher Carcano - a cheap Italian rifle - just about what
I would call a thirty caliber or a thirty-thirty caliber rifle.
Law: In your opinion is it capable of doing that kind of damage?
O'Connor: Absolutely not.